The Potter News
May 2016 Edition
May 2-6 is Teacher Appreciation Week and a time for us to recognize our teachers for the lasting impact they make on their students' lives. We are truly lucky to have the amazing staff that we do at H & M Potter School, and we appreciate the work they do all year long!
As the warmer weather quickly approaches we have been asked by many parents about spring clothing. Warm weather clothing should be appropriate and safe for a busy day at school. Opened toed shoes and shoes without backs, such as sandals, and shoes that are not tightly secured can be unsafe on the playground, walking up and down stairs and walking down crowded hallways. Additionally, our school is air conditioned making some summer shorts and tops not warm enough for the classroom.
As always school attire is up to the discretion of the parent. Safety, order, and discipline is at the discretion of the school. Please help us keep your child safe and warm enough in school this spring.
Student Council - Election Results
The Lion King Kids - HUGE Success!
Jump Rope for the Heart
Junior Unity Tour
Every Kid Healthy Week is a national movement created to highlight the contributions schools are making toward student health and wellness.
Research shows that students who are physically active, eat breakfast and healthy foods and manage chronic conditions like asthma and diabetes have...
--Increased test scores
--Increased school attendance
--Improved classroom behavior
This week, Potter students were encouraged to make a healthy change like trying a new fruit or vegetable or increasing daily physical activity. Also, students were introduced to MyPlate, a symbol showing how the 5 food groups of fruits, vegetables, grains, protein should be eaten at every meal.
Potter is committed to creating a healthier school environment. Children should get 60 minutes of exercise daily. Jump Rope for the Heart, Healthy Paws, Mr. Waldron's Hoop Club, classroom physical activity breaks like Go Noodle and our walking track are some ways students increase activity during the school day. 2nd grade teachers organize an annual Fitness and Nutrition Day. Some of our classrooms also celebrate special occasions like birthdays with an honorary kickball game!!
Potter also participates in the National School Breakfast and Lunch program and is a Team Nutrition School. Participation requires that all school meals meet or exceed strict nutritional requirements. Our school meals offer fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fat free and low-fat milk, reduced levels of sodium, saturated and trans fats and meet the nutrition and calorie needs of school children.
We hope that parents and guardians continue efforts to instill lifelong healthy habits. For more information go to Myplate.gov and ActionforHealthykids.org.
-- Please pack extra clothing in students bookbag!! Spills and accidents happen!!
--All medication kept in the nurse's office must be picked up by a parent or guardian at the end of the school year. No medicine will be sent home with a student. Any medicine that is not picked up will be discarded!!
Looking forward.. May is Food Allergy Awareness month!!!!
If your child is complaining of allergy symptoms such as sneezing, or itchy, watery eyes, please address it before you send them to school. Many children suffer from seasonal allergies which makes it very difficult for them to function or concentrate while they are at school.
There are many over the counter medications that can relieve the symptoms, and a visit to your pediatrician may be necessary. We do not dispense any medications at school without a doctor’s order, including over the counter medications. If your child is sent to school and is unable to do their work because he/she has red, swollen and itchy eyes, we will call the parent/guardian to pick them up.
Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
Mix-It-Up Day - District Event
Attention all Fourth Grade Parents!!
On May 19th at 6pm, BTES will be hosting a Parent Orientation for all incoming fifth graders for the 2016-2017 school year. The students will be given the opportunity to visit the school during school hours on May 5th.
May 2-6 - Teacher Appreciation Week
May 3 - Junior Unity Tour at Potter
May 4 - Star Wars Spirit Day - May the 4th Be With You!
May 5 - 4th Grade BTES Orientation
May 6 - National Nurse's Day & School Lunch Hero Day!
May 6 - May 13 - Book Fair
May 9 - Book Fair Family Night
May 9 - PTA Meeting
May 11 - PreSchool Mix It Up Day
May 12 - Jump Rope for the Heart Event (Money and Donations Due)
May 13 - 2nd Grade Fitness Day
May 16 - Curriculum Night at BTES
May 18 - Book Club at Berkeley Library
May 19 - Parent Orientation for incoming 5th Grade Students at BTES (6pm)
May 20 - Potter Battle of the Books
May 23 - District Battle of the Books at BTES
May 25 - 4th Grade: NJ ASK Science
May 27 - 4 Hour Session
May 31 - Potter Talent Show
Spring Clubs - UPDATE!
- Mentor Club has been making a positive impact on the whole school! They are hungry and eager to make a difference! Thank you Mr. Miller for being that positive mentor influence these students need!
- Minecraft Club has been extremely popular. The students are utilizing one of the most popular games in the world and applying it to school using collaboration. Thank you Mrs. Rodriguez and Ms. Merlo for sharing in the students excitement.
- Talent Show has been an amazing addition to our clubs lineup. We have some extremely talented acts and the students are ready to showcase their abilities. Thank you Mrs. Melanson and Mrs. LeBert for organizing such a great event!